RIP Emmett Louis Till
Lil Wayne seems to think making a mockery of the name of a black teen who was brutally tortured and murdered in Mississippi – at the height of the Civil Rights Movement – over flirting with a white woman is entertaining.
In his recently released track “Karate Chop“, Lil Wayne recites these disturbing words: “Beat that p*ssy up like Emmett Till“. That’s exactly why Emmett Louis Till’s family is understandable outraged – calling the set of lyrics offensive and dishonorable.
Here’s what Emmett Till’s cousin – Airickca Gordon Taylor – had to say on a video posted to rapradar.com:
“To compare his murder and how beaten and how bullied, beatened, and tortured he was to the anatomy of a woman was really very disrespectful.
We found it dishonorable to his name and what his death has meant to us as a people and as a culture. It was offensive not only to us, but to our ancestors and to women and to themselves as young, black men.
I just couldn’t understand how you could compare the gateway of life to the brutality and punishment of death. And I feel as though they have no pride and no dignity as black men.
Our family was very offended, very hurt. Disturbed by it… Our young people they emulate what they see, what they hear, and what they’re immersed in. And then we question them as they grow up and become citizens and they’re supposed to be productive in society and they’re not productive. And society is already criminalizing our young, black men at every opportunity they have.
So it just really concerns us that here you are using Emmett Till’s name in such an egregious way and you’re not having any respect for yourselves as well as our family. And that’s the biggest concern. We’re concerned about our young people as well as the image of Emmett Till.”
Does Lil Wayne owe a major apology to Emmett Till’s family, and the Mammi Till Mobley Memorial Foundation for being a disrespectful piece of shit? Of course. Don’t believe me.. Ask Dr. Boyce Watkins.